How to use Goo to up your catch rate

Steve Ringer explains why it’s time to break out the bait boosters

How to use Goo to up your catch rate

by Angling Times |

Bait additives remain a very personal thing in fishing. I’ve got a very open mind on the subject, and I’d say that if using a concoction from a bottle gets you bites and catches fish, then carry on as you were!

One additive created near-hysteria when it was released back in 2012. Kiana Goo, from South Africa, was seen as a real unknown, but its impressive results backed up the hype. Would it work just as well back home?

My findings have been promising, but it’s no wonder additive that’ll catch fish when nothing else will. I’ve come to the conclusion that Goo helps to draw in any fish in the area, but if used repeatedly it quickly loses its appeal. It’s like giving someone a bag of chips every hour for a day. Great to begin with, but they soon become a bit fed up with it all!

Goo is an intense, powerful additive, so when I do use it it’s done sparingly, quite often in winter when I’m searching for that next bite. In warmer weather, I don’t think it appeals that much when the fish are already hungry and on the lookout for food.

Boost hookbaits

There are two ways of using Goo on hookbaits. Soaking meat or wafters for weeks gives a slower seepage that’s better for big fish. Adding liquid just before casting sees the flavour leak off immediately, to quickly pull fish in.

Boost hookbaits
Boost hookbaits

Add it to feeders

Another way to use Goo is to add it to a loaded Hybrid or Method feeder. I’ll do this when I’ve caught a few carp, but the swim has then gone dead. Smearing a tiny blob of Goo on the pellets should get me another run of fish. It works well in cold weather.

Add it to feeders
Add it to feeders

Consistency matters

There are two types of Goo – Supreme (or what used to be called Power Smoke) and Smoke. Smoke is much thinner and better for soaking baits in. Supreme is syrupy and I find it works well added to pellets to go into a PVA bag or feeder.

Consistency matters
Consistency matters

Choose carefully

There are over 40 flavours of Goo, which is a minefield! Buying a dozen and taking them all on to the bank won’t work, as you’ll not have time to fish them. Stick to a couple that work for you – I love the pineapple, peach and tutti flavours.

Choose carefully
Choose carefully
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